Looks like someone found the McLaren F1's spiritual successor too hard to handle.
Rowan Atkinson famously crashed his McLaren F1 multiple times. And now someone has found the F1's spiritual successor, the McLaren Speedtail, too hard to handle at high speed. At a recent Mclaren Tokyo owners event held at Fuji Speedway in Japan, one owner's enjoyment of taming the McLaren Speedtail on the track was shortlived after they lost control of the hybrid hypercar.
Details about the crash are scarce, but the damage and debris scattered on the track suggest the Speedtail slammed into a trackside wall, damaging the front end. Luckily, the driver and their passenger escaped the wreckage with no injuries. As far as we know, this is the first reported McLaren Speedtail crash.
Since the McLaren Speedtail has a price tag of $2.1 million, this is going to be a very expensive repair bill. Only 106 examples will roll off the assembly line matching the F1's production run, and this is reportedly one of only three white Speedtails being built for Japan.
According to the Instagram page Only McLaren Speedtail, the track conditions were wet and the hypercar's tires were cold. If the driver didn't have a lot of track driving experience, this was a recipe for disaster. With its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor sending an earth-shattering 1,035 horsepower and 848 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, the McLaren Speedtail requires a lot of skill to handle on a track at high speed.
0-182 mph in the Speedtail takes just 12.8 seconds before topping out at 250 mph, making it the fastest road car McLaren has ever built. After the crash, the driver continued the track day in a McLaren Senna.
Considering the car's rarity, we're hoping this mangled McLaren Speedtail can be restored to its former glory. There's hope, however, as Rowan Atkinson's McLaren F1 was repaired two times, but it reportedly cost his insurance company a whopping $1.4 million to fix after the second accident. It's since been sold to a new owner for around $12 million.